Thursday, January 22, 2015

This week's hot concerts

Gregory Alan Isakov
Friday  7:30 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $17-$20,
The acclaimed South African singer-songwriter, who was raised in Philly and runs a small farm in Colorado, has released two stunningly good indie-folk records. His latest, “The Weatherman,” lit up Billboard’s folk charts and put him in the company of songwriters like Dylan, Springsteen, and contemporary Josh Ritter.

Destructo/Motez/Anna Lunoe/T. Williams
Friday,  10 p.m., Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., Free, $15, $50 VIP,
The Ship2Ship Tour sails into Label captained by EDM pioneer Destructo (aka electronic music promoter, A&R exec, and DJ Gary Richards), Aussie by way of Iraq house DJ Motez, up and coming Australian producer and artist/DJ Anna Lunoe, and London's T. Williams, who perform individual sets as well as collaborate on stage later in the night. 

Saturday  8 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $20-$23/$32.95 VIP,
Since revving up his chainsaw for the 1992 hit “Lumberjack,” Jackyl singer Jesse James Dupree and his bluesy Southern rock band have enjoyed a recent renaissance thanks to his role on Reelz network’s “Full Throttle Saloon.” The show follows Dupree and co-owner Mike Ballard as they run the biggest biker bar in the world.

Marshall Tucker Band
Saturday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $33.58,  
The Spartanburg country-rock stalwart kicks off its 44th year together this week with the Searching for Rainbow Tour. Led by singer Doug Gray the group continues to unearth old live recordings and tour relentlessly just as its music and name reach new ears thanks to TV, commercials, and Florida Georgia Line’s MTB name-dropping song “Cruise.”

Yonatan Gat
Saturday  9 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $7, 
During its run from 2005 to 2011, Israeli rockers Monotonix were notorious for outrageous stage antics and blistering garage rock. Guitarist Gat takes the unpredictability a step further experimenting with improvisations that bounce from surf to Middle Eastern to rock to Afrobeat - a task that led The Village Voice to crown him the best guitarist in NYC.

Saturday  10 p.m., Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., $12,
Armed with an instrument he created from metal, strings, and electronics called the Magic Pipe, Mike Silverman is like the MacGyver of music. He powers through quirky funk with a booming baritone that resonates with character. Magic Club VIP ticket holders can experience the pipe up close during a pre-show Q&A and demonstration.

Mac McCaughan
Sunday  6 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $10,  
It’s been over a decade since influential Chapel Hill indie rockers Superchunk played Charlotte despite touring again in 2013 and 2014, but Superchunk/Portstatic frontman and Merge Records co-founder McCaughan makes a rare solo appearance. Turn up for his scrappy, intimate set and remind him why his other bands should book shows here too.

Funk Cancer Benefit
Sunday  3 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $20,
The third annual benefit concert and silent auction has raised over $15,000 for brain tumor research at Duke University. This year’s lineup includes Pat Walters and Steve Stoekel from the Spongetones joining the Coconut Groove Band for a set of Beatles’ tunes, Coconut Groove pumping out Steely Dan and Chicago covers, and Bump City East charging through Tower of Power’s best.

Australian Bee Gees Show
Thursday  7:30 p.m., Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., $62.48-$81.59,  
While some tributes honor acts that may tour through town next summer, this Aussie homage to the disco-eclipsing trio offers something you won’t hear live unless Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake decide to take their “SNL” act on the road. This nostalgia trip - on loan from Vegas’ Excalibur Casino - captures the group’s look and sound.